Thompson-Herah is female World Athlete of the Year
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has been named the female World Athlete of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021, at the ceremony held virtually on December 1.
Thompson-Herah produced one of the finest sprint seasons in history this year, retaining her Olympic 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo and adding a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay.
On top of her Olympic triple, she also clocked world-leading times of 10.54 and 21.53 over 100m and 200m respectively, moving to second on the world all-time lists and coming within touching distance of the long-standing world records.
On her Instagram page, Thhompson-Herah captioned the announcement with “way to cap off a magnificent historic season with my first world Athletics athlete of the year award, I am just amazed with how the Lord piloted me throughout this year.” She went on to thank her family, friends and fans for their longstanding support.
She is now focused on the World Championships in Oregon next year and is excited at the prospect of having family and friends in the stands supporting her as it is close to home.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe congratulated all the winners and finalists on their extraordinary achievements this year.
"We have this year celebrated some jaw-dropping performances in Tokyo, at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi and through our one-day meeting circuits – the Wanda Diamond League and the Continental Tour. So we’re delighted to recognise some of our stars at tonight’s awards.
"As a sport, we are in an incredibly strong position. 2021 has been an excellent year. We cemented our position as the number 1 Olympic sport coming out of Tokyo, we have the most God given talented athletes on the planet and our sport is the most accessible of all sports. Thank you to all our athletes around the world. I am looking forward to watching what you can all do in 2022."
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